You know I bet one day we're all gonna look back at these days and just laugh...
And here's a striking stat that you don't hear about everyday, did you know that a typical six year old laughs about 300 times/day?!
The average adult, try fifteen. Now that's pretty sad, isn't it.
But for five minutes let's just set aside the agony of defeat, that came along with a hefty dose of reality, when the Health Care bill became Law -- all of which isn't very funny in the least bit for anyone beholden to the ideology of an American Patriot.
It was my birthday yesterday.
Having now arrived at four times one of my favorite years of life (twelve), here I am. For me, it is a stat downright hard to believe, but at the same time, it is pretty funny, I gotta tell ya -- while, with both parents alive and well and living the good life on the opposite coast, I can only imagine how they must find my new age just hilarious...
how time gets away from us, and yet,
how time has a way of giving us everything we ever really need.
Age, in and of itself, sure does have it's advantages, no? We get to a point when everything -- oooh now come to think of it -- we get to a point when everything could easily follow along with the President's recent words of wisdom antagonistically directed to republicans (blatantly mocking his own bi-partisan promise in the process, yes he can, but let's move on.org...)
for we come to the age of "GO FOR IT".
We make bucket lists...we do what we have always wanted to do...things we have had to wait for, can be done...things we've always wanted to get, can be got... while, you know, we can also find time to become like community organizers, or something.
For my birthday, I bought myself a little something that was long overdue, a new book. And, in all honesty, I hated to give the cause two cents, but simply felt the ends justified the means in the long run. So, showing my new found "go for it" spirit, I got it.
I got Saul Alinsky's RULES FOR RADICALS, a Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals!
And I'm so giddy about this purchase I could just spit on Joy "those people" Behar this morning, but as all the rest of the hundreds of thousands, if not absolute millions, of tea party protesters and Icaucus ramblers and patriot post petitioners would agree, that would be just wrong. And in the Chosen One's three words, it is not something we would say to one another, either incite or condone, to "go for it" in that kind of disgraceful manner to anyone for any reason (even if it would make us feel good). Besides, it's not lady like, or very funny -- it would be like how S'linsky (my new name for him) put it:
"These rules make the difference between being a realistic radical and being a rhetorical one who uses the tired old words and slogans, calls the police 'pig' or 'white fascist racist' or 'motherf***' and has so stereotyped himself that others react by saying, 'oh he's one of those,' and then promptly turn him off."And here's a kicker, S'linsky recognized the fundamental use of good humor to affect change..."for through humor much is accepted that would have been rejected if presented seriously. This is a sad and lonely generation. It laughs too little, and this, too, is tragic." Ahh yes, back in the era when I was twelve, S'linsky
was speaking, sadly, of the greatest generation, go figure...some generations are just so misunderstood, aren't they?
I have only just begun to read the radicals handbook for all time...and I just might take it slow. Having been in such a rush to get it yesterday, now that it is in my hot little hands, it's like I wanna savor the moment --letting the words set into motion of an entire generation of extremism, attacking Americanism of all things, sit for a bit, as cause for a little inaction, perhaps; to let it's mystery linger in the air like a prevailing punchline waits patiently for just the right moment -- timing is everything, you know.
And so, too, is the force behind a community organizer, in the hopes that the gathering of the masses will change the world.
As much I hate to do it, I must profess and promote radical action today, in every which way to tomorrow, "go for it" and go out and buy this book right now -- of course, many of you have probably already read it four times over, so to those of you already there, my sincere apologies to you for taking so long to catch up. I will do my very best to never let this happen again, you have my promise; I would hate to be labeled as one of "those people."
But hey, my reality is what it is; it has taken some time to align myself with the enemy -- I mean, align in such a way that I begin to understand who I'm dealing with -- you know, get on the inside; promoting S'linsky's first rule of order:
"As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is,, not as I would like it to be. That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be -- it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it what we think it should be. That means working in the system..."oh, there's more,
"...Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so future-less in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future..."and still more, before even so much as the first chapter:
"...Let us in the name of radical pragmatism not forget that in our system with all its repressions we can still speak out and denounce the administration, attack its policies, work to build an opposition political base. True there is government harassment, but there still is that relative freedom to fight. I can attack my government, try to organize to change it. That's more than I can do in Moscow, Peking, or Havana."
"A revolutionary organizer must shake up the prevailing patterns of their lives -- agitate, create disenchantment and discontent with the current values, to produce, if not a passion for change, at least a passive, affirmative, non-challenging climate."But then, something magical happens, he almost begins to sound like a patriot or something (yeah right):
"Those who can, should be encouraged to grow; for the others, the fault lies not in the system but in themselves."So you heard it here today, from the King of Radicalization himself, let us laugh and shake things off and move on to greener pastures; let us frolic in the daisies and create real avenues for change, just like our opposition counterparts do it, laughing all the way, ha ha ha ha.
"Here we are desperately concerned with the vast mass of our people who, thwarted through lack of interest or opportunity, or both, do not participate in the endless responsibilities of citizenship and are resigned to lives determined by others. To lose your 'identity' as a citizen of democracy is but a step from losing your identity as a person...That citizen sinks further into apathy, anonymity, and depersonalization. The result is that he comes to depend on public authority and a state of civic-sclerosis sets in."
"...There can be no darker or more devastating tragedy that the death of man's faith in himself and in his power to direct his future."
"I salute the present generation. Hang on to one of your most precious parts of youth, laughter -- don't lose it as many of you seem to have done, you need it. Together we may find some of what we're looking for -- laughter, beauty, love and the chance to create."
Contact your local Tea Party.org
Check out the Icaucus.org
GO to Grassfire NOW
Sign a declaration to commit with the Patriot Post.us
And remember, have some fun with this; whistle while you work -- on the inside; a spoonful of sugar always helps the medicine go down; smile -- and the world smile's with you (spitting, not so much); and finally, in three words, now is the time to "GO FOR IT."
In some very warped and twisted way, I think I am going to love my new book; IT IS a new day -- while a brand new year for me begins right now. I have to go for it as time is of the essence; while, truth is, there is no way I can turn back now, I am in too deep and it means to much.
I will laugh more and cry less.
I will love more and hate less.
I will venture to create a thing of beauty everyday.
I will live as if it were the last; I will live as if this is the first day of the rest of my life, for it is.
This is my reality; this is my world now; and the best part is...
"with all its repressions,
we can still speak out and denounce the administration,
attack its policies,
work to build an opposition political base..."
Community Organization 102 begins with taking back our country one by one, piggybacking upon opportunities everywhere to become more involved -- all we have to do is latch on, dress appropriately, keep our hair trimmed and look alot like "them" -- "those people"; all we really have to do is play a part, sound intelligent, understand our opponent and come at them from the inside, like any other upstanding citizen would do -- calmly, peacefully, showing off our good character, the argument is already won.
Just Do It.
("true, there may be government harassment")
GO FOR IT, anyway.
Having died the year I turned twelve, I'm sure if S'linsky still walked the streets of Chicago, he would be so very proud...
as we use the skills
taught by the master
to enjoy ourselves,
all the way to the next election,
yes we can.
No need to break any rules to
Make it a Good Day, G
The first chapter lies in wait for me...
"The life of man upon earth is warfare..."
goody, goody gumdrops,
I am just plum giddy about it